October 3rd - 6th


Our Mission

Now in its seventh year, the Harrisburg Book Festival is proudly hosted by the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. Featuring celebrity authors, award-winning poets, children’s illustrators, emerging novelists, acclaimed historians — surrounded by hundreds of thousands of books at one of the nation’s most celebrated independent bookstores — the Harrisburg Book Festival is the literary destination for book lovers across Pennsylvania.

More than just a party, the book festival is an ode to a city rich with historical significance. With its pristine location on the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg is the home of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex — and now, one of the largest book festivals in Pennsylvania. With its burgeoning literary community of readers and writers, Harrisburg deserves nothing less.


Our mission of the festival is simple — we want to amplify and celebrate the diverse voices our world has to offer. Stories make sense of the world around us; they allow us empathize with others — to be kinder — and to make our communities better places to live. Reading has always been more than a solitary act — and we want the Harrisburg Book Festival to be the literary epicenter of those stories we cherish.

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Read. Connect. Engage.

1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102